Report: Apple hires baseball exec Sartori to head App Store's Sports category
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has hired Toronto Blue Jays Assistant General Manager Jay Sartori to oversee the Sports category of its App Store for iOS, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Sartori joined the Blue Jays organization in the fall of 2010 after serving as director of baseball operations for the Washington Nationals, leading the Toronto franchise's salary arbitration, contract and collective bargaining agreement interpretation efforts. Prior to joining the Nationals, Sartori spent four seasons as manager of salary and management administration with Major League Baseball's labor relations department, helping negotiate the league's 2006 collective bargaining agreement. Sartori has also held positions at investment firms Pacific Growth Equities and Robertson Stephens.
The exact scope of Sartori's new Apple duties is currently unknown. App Store staffers are typically responsible for curating iOS application categories and selecting candidates to spotlight via homepage features like Best New Apps and Editors' Choice. Apple has not responded to requests for comment.
Consumers have downloaded more than 50 billion iOS applications from the App Store since the digital storefront opened for business in 2008. Third-party developers have raked in more than $11 billion through App Store sales.
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